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Spinello Projects

Littlest Sister Art Fair, Art Basel Week 2015

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BASTIDAS:  ‪Hola Hola Chica! ‬‬

 

RAMOS:  ‪Hola Sofia

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thank you for joining us

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪Thank you for having me!

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RAMOS:  ‪The project Little Sister, tell me more about it‬‬

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪Littlest Sister is a "faux" art fair, that Anthony Spinello first put together in 2007, the idea was to fool the visitors to come to the gallery and see some local artwork, basically he capitalized from the art fair phenomena to give local artists a platform to show their work ‬‬

 

RAMOS:  ‪and all the artist are always women?‬‬

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪Well at that time no. ‬‬

 

‪today yes, this will be Littlest Sister 4th edition ‬‬

 

This year Littlest Sister will give SOLO Booths to ten unrepresented women. All Miami based artists who work in painting, sculpture, design, installation, and new media. ‬‬

 

The was a very thought curatorial process

 

RAMOS:  ‪is this the only art fair that is solely composed of local artist?‬‬

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪Yes ‬‬

 

What is interesting is that by doing this, the press and media are promoting and marketing Littles Sister as one of the satellite fairs to Art Basel Miami beach.

 

RAMOS:  ‪as it should be‬‬

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪Hacking the system ‬‬

 

hehe yes!

 

‪This year Littlest Sister has also organized a strong symposium, bring together Miami's most influential women in the arts, which will create a bigger platform to discuss the issues and opportunities the fair phenomena represents. ‬‬

 

RAMOS:  ‪why only women?‬‬

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪There is an underrepresentation of women in both the art fairs and in the local galleries. ‬‬

 

RAMOS:  ‪why do you think that is?‬‬

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪the art market is a big part of this disparity. It's a male dominated market, making it harder for female, queer, and trans artists to access this privilege territory.  ‬‬

 

‪We need to talk about this, and make it evident to the public! ‬‬

 

RAMOS:  ‪agreed‬‬

 

is the artwork included in the fair going to reflect this?

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪I don't think so, we are giving the artists a booth for them to show their work without having to think that is has to to reflect the thematic of the fair.  Giving this space for them to show their work is a way to make a statement overall, individually each artists is doing the work they normally practice ‬‬‬‬

 

However, some of the artist participating are addressing gender and race inequality, but that comes form their own practice, not as part of the fairs theme.

 

RAMOS: ‪I found poster by Cara Despain about the total percentage of female artist represented by galleries in LA and NY

 

 

 

Cara Despain

 

 

RAMOS:  ‪is it true that none of these women are currently represented by galleries?

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪Deon Rubi is, but in this case she is not represented with her collective, Nun, which is the one participating in Littlest Sister ‬‬‬‬

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪Lets talk about Platform  ❤

 

This is a new edition to Littlest Sister, in the past years it has only showcased local artists.‬‬

 

RAMOS:  ‪the new edition being that it is only women?‬‬

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪No that is a new sector of the fair, in the past years, Anthony didn't include a symposium‬‬.

 

RAMOS:  ‪ohh... Platform = Symposium‬‬

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪So this time we have an amazing line up of local panelist moderated by International professionals on the corresponding themes. ‬‬

 

This way we can take a local conversation to a global understanding, creating a better perspective for the participants the the public.

 

RAMOS:  ‪i think this is very fitting‬‬

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪we want to explore the power structures and explored the social and political impact of identity, gender and sexual difference. ‬‬

 

RAMOS:  ‪i wonder...  is it about inequality or about the work?‬‬

 

for example, do male artist produce more tangible or salable artwork in general?

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪mmm ‬‬

 

Well I think the market represents more male artists, that creates a big disparity, because then you have buyers interested in what the market is supporting. ‬‬

 

And asking those questions to people who are constantly embracing the market, and going with it, is a way to open opportunity to female artists.‬‬

 

RAMOS:  ‪i don't' disagree - the reason i thought of the "artifact" is because out of all the artist Deon Rubi is the only one represented.

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and she makes very palpable objects

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪Yes, but she is a designer and her work crosses other markets and platforms, its not only subjected to be in the "art world"? ‬‬

 

That's one of the reason we thought having design in the fair was very important.

 

RAMOS:  ‪right... that's my point‬‬

 

there is a saying i really like: "if I am not the problem, there is no solution"

 

do most of the women included in the fair, save Deon, largely focus on performance and installation?‬‬

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Here are some image I found‬‬

Clara Varas

Jamilah Sabur

Tara Long

Juana Vadez

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪We have AdrienneRose Gionta, Jamilah Sabur, and Tara Long working on video and performance, we also have Clara Varas, Juana Valdes, Cara Despain and Jessie Laino working on sculpture and painting‬‬.

 

‪Ana Mendez is showing some photographs of her performance The Body is Present

 

Its a very mixed group

 

RAMOS:  ‪i understand‬‬

 

but all of these women do quite a bit of performance and installation

 

BASTIDAS: ‬‬Yes they do.

 

RAMOS:  ‪they are not hyper-focused on any particular craft, object making, or painting even.‬‬

 

of course except Deon

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪Deon has a band and is starting to work on sculpture ‬‬

 

Nun will be part of Littlest Sister special Projects

 

they are putting together a panel on Friday December 4th

 

moderated by Kiran Gandhi, Music Industry Thinker and Activist

 

RAMOS:  ‪i think it is going to be fantastic - my point is simply that perhaps it is the object, or work, that makes men preferable in the market - the nature of the market is to sell work, it is pretty simple‬‬

 

if women don't produce more sell-able things, they will have less representation, and of course this only my limited opinion

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪I agree with that.

 

There has to be a way to hack the system and find alternative ways to address this, so artists in general can do what they want not what the market is asking them to provide. ‬‬

 

RAMOS:  ‪i completely agree‬‬

 

but that makes "the system" problematic

 

and therefore a big monster to face

 

tricky subject and my perception tells me that artist have to learn to navigate the system .. especially if they want to change it

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪See, I don't think the artist is the only one who has to change it, I think curators, cultural producers, writers must to do so too, because they too face this problem.

 

RAMOS:  ‪what then, do you expect from the market?‬‬

 

how will it survive?

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪The market today is the market and we wont change it,  I say we create new markets. ‬‬

 

We can survive in the current market

 

The gap is getting smaller and smaller

 

RAMOS:  ‪wait.. we can or we can't survive?‬‬

 

BASTIDAS:  ‪We can't change the current market, we can hack it by creating other types of markets. ‬‬

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‪we can't survive** ‬‬